Festival travel: Escape from Nashville to Baltimore for Artscape

Festival travel: Escape from Nashville to Baltimore for Artscape
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By Hoodline - Published on July 02, 2019.

Planning an escape to Baltimore this summer? You still have time to build your trip around Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the nation.

Scheduled for July 20-22 this year, Artscape brings together visual and performing artists, along with food, crafts and kids' activities. It averages 350,000 attendees each summer in Charm City. While you're there, check out the rest that Baltimore has to offer, from nightlife and history to sports and museums.

Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between Nashville and Baltimore. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked for the occasion. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Baltimore flights

The cheapest flights between Nashville and Baltimore are if you leave on July 18 and return from Maryland on July 22. American Airlines currently has round-trip tickets for $240.

There are also deals to be had later in July. If you fly out of Nashville on July 19 and return from Baltimore on July 23, American Airlines can get you there and back for $324 round-trip.

Top Baltimore hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Baltimore’s top-rated hotels, which we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront (700 Aliceanna St.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. The hotel has a 4.8-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $179.

Set in the heart of Baltimore, this hotel is close to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, as well as the American Visionary Art Museum. Additional attractions include the USS Constellation, the Fell's Point pub district and the shops at Harborplace.

The Hilton Baltimore (401 W. Pratt St.)

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The Hilton Baltimore has a 4.4-star rating, and rooms are currently set at $135/night.

This downtown Baltimore hotel is located adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards and very close to the USS Constellation, the Hippodrome Theatre and M&T Bank Stadium. The hotel is directly connected to the Baltimore Convention Center via an indoor walkway.

The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown (8 E. Pleasant St.)

If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, try The Home2 Suites by Hilton Baltimore Downtown. The 4.4-star hotel has rooms for $71/night.

Local restaurant picks

If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Baltimore has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

The Food Market (1017 W. 36th St.)

One of Baltimore's most popular restaurants is The Food Market, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of five reviews on Skyscanner.

The Food Market's website says it specializes in "approachable, serious comfort food," with a menu offering small plates such as tacos and fried oysters and large plates of crab cakes, shrimp, duck and roast beef.

"Chef Chad's menu is, to say the least, stunning," wrote visitor Charles. "The service is great."

G&M Restaurant (804 N. Hammonds Ferry Road)

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Another popular dining destination is G&M Restaurant, with 4.7 stars from 11 reviews.

G&M Restaurant features Greek and Italian cuisine and boasts of serving "Maryland's best crab cakes."

Reviewer RAWarren wrote: "This family-style restaurant is humongous. The full service bar has a decent selection of beer and cocktails, but most people are here for the crab cakes, day and night."

Nick's Fish House (2600 Insulator Drive)

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Also worth considering is Nick's Fish House.

Located on the water offering spectacular views, Nick’s Fish House and Grill has indoor and outdoor seating and serves steamed-to-order blue crabs, fresh sushi, grilled steaks and burgers, seafood, including jumbo lump crab cakes,  and bountiful sandwiches.

Reviewer Laura wrote, "It’s right by the water, so the best part is the view. ... The crab cakes and cream of crab soup were amazing."

Faidley Seafood (203 N. Paca St.)

Finally, there's Faidley Seafood. Founded in 1886, Faidley Seafood is one of the oldest and best-known purveyors of fresh and prepared seafood in the Chesapeake region. 

"Faidley sells the perfect crab cakes," wrote @_Mick_E. "It's seriously one of the most authentic crab cakes I've ever tasted without the frills."

Featured Baltimore attractions

Not sure what to do in Baltimore, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Wockenfuss Candies (6831 Harford Road)

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The top-rated visitor attraction in Baltimore, according to Skyscanner, is Wockenfuss Candies, which is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore.

Wockenfuss Candies marked a century in business in 2015. The family-owned business is now in its fifth generation of candy-making.

"Expect dark chocolate Oreos, dark chocolate pretzels and dark chocolate everything," wrote visitor John.

Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.)

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Then, there's the Maryland Science Center.

It features interactive exhibits that focus on physics, marine biology and astronomy. Packages that include tickets to the IMAX movie theater are available.

"Great interactive and educational place to bring the family," wrote visitor Justin. "They have some of the coolest hands-on installations here."

The American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway)

Lastly, spend some time at The American Visionary Art Museum.

The museum hosts shows organized by theme, rather than by artist, and strives to step out of the accepted art canon displayed at many American museums. The United States Congress unanimously voted to make the American Visionary Art Museum "the official national education center, repository and museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry."

Visitor Kelly wrote, "This museum is a temple of unabashed creative energy unlike anywhere else in the state."

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